Has Bang & Olufsen made a Sonos killer?
The BeoPlay M5 isn’t exactly cheap, we know – but neither is it the sort of princely sum that’d see you going to the bank manager cap in hand. In fact, at $899, it’s priced just a bit more than the Sonos PLAY:5, until now the ultimate word in semi-affordable-yet-also-really-good wireless speakers.
B&O, however, would doubtless point to the fact that the M5 can suck up wireless audio from any Bluetooth product, while the Sonos rival is restricted to products running Sonos’ software. In addition to that, the M5 also supports a wide roster of audio streaming tech: Spotify Connect, Apple Airplay, Chromecast and B&O’s own Beolink Multiroom.
And then there’s the design, which we think puts the PLAY:5 somewhat in the shade. This is a big bucket of a speaker at 19cm tall and 16cm in diameter, but its cylindrical shape and wool-blend fabric covering make it the sort of stylish piece that’d blend in oh-so-easily to your minimalist Copenhagen loft apartment. Or your three-bed terrace in Newtown.
We haven’t put it to the test with our own ears yet, but word has it the M5 is a boss when it comes to bass – albeit one you can tell to tone it down via the tuning feature on B&O’s companion app.
We’re itching to see if the Danes have built something that can compete with the PLAY:5 and knock Sonos off the top spot - so stay tuned for an update once we get our mitts on it.